Lakehill Preparatory School
The Warrior Weekly

Volume 11, Issue 4
September 13, 2018
Kings of the Cube
When Lakehill’s new Rubik’s Cube Club meets for the first time on Friday, it will have two avid “Cubers” to thank. “I first saw a kid on a plane solve a Cube, and, immediately, I wanted to know more,” said Lakehill seventh grader Vivek Patel. While he started cubing for fun, Patel now spends thirty minutes a day practicing, and several hours a day on the weekends. His friend, seventh grader Jackson Cook, has also become a Cube enthusiast. They now spend their time searching websites and watching videos to help them learn different patterns and improve.

The Rubik’s Cube was invented in 1974 by Hungarian professor and architect Ernő Rubik. It was immediately popular when it hit shelves worldwide in 1980,quickly becoming the best-selling toy in history. But as the 1980s wore on, the allure of the Rubik’s Cube wore off.

In the early 2000s, however, it began making a comeback. A new generation has embraced the puzzle, and the Rubic's Cube is cool once again.

As cubing has taken off, solve times have dropped. In addition to the classic 3x3 shape, there are 4x4 and 2x2 sizes, and the Pyraminx, a triangle Rubik's Cube. New "speed cubes" look like Rubik’s Cubes, but have high-tech features, like magnets, on the inside to make turning them smoother and faster. Speed cubing - solving the puzzle quickly - is now a competitive sport. The World Cube Association holds tournaments, with tens of thousands of Cube lovers competing in events around the world. 

Patel is now taking part in competitions (he’s down to 22 seconds for the 3x3 cube). “It’s really a race against yourself,” he says. “There will always be somebody who is better. The goal is just to improve.”

Both Patel and Cook believe that their cubing is helping to strengthen their minds. “It really helps you focus your brain and improves muscle memory,” says Cook. Sophomore Aron Xiao, who has been cubing as a hobby for three years and started an Upper School club last year, is happy to see more students getting involved. "Cubing is a great way to improve your dexterity and hand-eye coordination, while training your brain to think logically," he says.

"Using a sequential set of operations to solve a problem gets kids thinking algorithmically,” says Jennifer Herta, Lakehill Computer Science Chair. "That is an important skill in science, math, and computer science.”

Delayed gratification may be one of the greatest benefits of the Rubik's Cube. “You have to have a lot of patience and dedication to be successful," says Cook. "There are thousands of algorithms. You just have to spend time every day.”

Coach Jhoana Cayme-Mosley has always been fascinated by the Rubik’s Cube, and finally learned to solve one 10 years ago. “I watched a YouTube video and spent an entire afternoon learning how to solve it,” she said.

“Our students are cerebral, and they love a challenge,” Cayme-Mosley said. “For them, it’s not just about solving the puzzle; it’s about increasing their speed. It’s a much more sophisticated process. The algorithms even have names. The new cubes are built for speed--no more peeling stickers off to rearrange them like before.”

After watching Patel solve a Cube one day, she offered to sponsor a club. The new Rubik’s Cube Club will meet on the first and second Fridays of every month during lunch. The first meeting will be held this Friday, September 14, in Ms. Hauschild’s room. Cubers of all levels are welcome to attend.
Upper School Enjoys Ranch Retreat
On September 7, Upper School students attended the annual Upper School Retreat, an event that encourages bonding between all levels of Upper School, at the Southern Cross Ranch.

That morning, new students and Freshmen were divided into their houses: Blue, Green, and White. Within these houses, students participated in powder puff volleyball and football games, providing the opportunity for them to bond with older students.

Students and teachers enjoyed the barbecue and snow cones offered throughout the day. Overall, the day was a success, allowing both students and faculty to relax and enjoy spending time together outside of classroom.

By Kate Langley, '19
Marketing Intern
College Fair Kicks Off Exploration Process
On the morning of September 7, Upper School students attended Lakehill's annual College Fair.

Both underclassmen and upperclassman alike were able to visit with college representatives, enabling students to be introduced to new schools while also practicing communicating with representatives and asking questions. Around thirty colleges attended, including both state and private institutions varying in size and specialties.

Another College Fair will be held October 22, with more colleges and universities in attendance. In addition to the two college fairs, admission officers from more than 110 colleges and universities will visit the Lakehill campus. 

See  more pictures .

By Kate Langley, '19
Marketing Intern
Who's New?
Lakehill Welcomes Evelyn Tan
Evelyn Tan  joins the Lakehill faculty this year, teaching  Fifth and Grade Science and a Makerspace elective.
She is also a Sixth Grade Sponsor.
Tan was born in Singapore and now lives in Plano. Prior to Lakehill, she taught middle school science and art in Houston, Texas, as well as science at Collin College in Plano.

After graduating from Plano West Senior High School, Tan earned a B.S. degree in Biology from Louisiana State University, and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from St. Thomas University.

Now in her seventh year of teaching, Tan believes the best part of her day is working with students and teaching a subject that she loves. "I love the enthusiasm of Middle School students and being able to see their excited reactions when they discover something new."

Tan is no stranger to Lakehill. In 2012, she served as a long-term sub for Science Chair Bryna Thomson, who says Tan "works really well with middle school students." Tan has also combined her vast knowledge of science and art to create a variety of popular STEAM offerings for Lakehill's Summer Camps program. Married to Upper School Science teacher, Jeremy Holman, they are parents to one-year-old Oliver, as well as two Lakehill students: Ben, a kindergartner, and Annelise, in third grade. "I love the family feel and sense of community at Lakehill."  

While being parents to three young children doesn't allow them much free time, Tan enjoys traveling, with favorite destinations including California and Italy. She loves trying the food of different cultures, and is partial to Chinese, Japanese, and Tex-Mex.

Tan is looking forward to working with Middle School students again and generating excitement about science among her students.
Your Gift Matters. Make a #BigImpact.
Mark your calendar! On Thursday, September 20, your gift will go further when you donate through North Texas Giving Day. Make a #BigImpact when you support the Lakehill Annual Fund Campaign.

Tuition only covers part of the cost of a Lakehill education. Through the Annual Fund, we are able to ensure our teachers have access to the latest training and supplies. Students are able to choose from a diverse variety of extracurricular activities, and interactive, community-building events for students are possible, such as Bunny Games and Fall Day Out.

Schedule your gift now to beat the rush. Interested in getting friends and family to support Lakehill? Create a FUNdraising page and share it via social media on the big day.
Time for Trek for Tech
The 20th annual Trek for Tech is just around the corner! Trek for Tech is the school's main fundraiser for technology needs, and the committee is hard at work to make this the best year yet.

This year's event will be held on Saturday, November 3. There will be an official Trek t-shirt, a Pasta Lunch on Friday, as well as great raffle prizes!

Sponsors are needed for the raffle prizes. If interested, please contact John P. Owen at 214-923-2470 or .

Start training for the race today!
Sports Snippets

Varsity and JV Volleyball
After a big win last Tuesday over Rockwall Heritage to start district play, both the JV and Varsity teams went back to work against another district rival - Irving the Highlands. JV won in another exciting three-set match. Kathryn Mahan and Liz Blanchard led the way with a strong serving effort in all three sets.

Varsity rolled to an easy straight set victory. The Highlands struggled with their serve receive, and Lakehill took full advantage, racking up a total of 28 aces as a team.

Both teams are now 2-0 in district play. 

The girls took on 4A school Colleyville Covenant this past Tuesday with straight-sets victories for both teams. Maya Ariss had some great swings off of Graysen Walker's sets in the JV game.

Despite being down a starter due to illness, the Varsity team did well of adjusting to a new lineup. Tyler McCall led the team in aces and Maddie Cerda led in kills. 

The Varsity win marked the 200th victory at Lakehill for Coach Jhoana Cayme-Mosley.

Both teams return to action tonight against district newcomer Texoma Christian. JV will start at 5:00 p.m. and Varsity at 6:00 p.m. Next Tuesday, they will host Dallas Lutheran at 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Come out and support your state-ranked Warriors!

Middle School Volleyball
The Middle School Blue team lost to First Baptist Academy on September 11, in an extremely close game (25-23, 25-18). The girls showed improvement in their serves and passing.  Sydney Nguyen had a great passing streak, while Lobna El-Feky and Taylor Allen showed incredible assertiveness throughout the game. The team kept fighting, never giving up. 

Both the Blue and Green teams play away Garland Christian on the road on September 13.

Varsity and Middle School Football 
A slew of severe thunderstorms put an end to Friday's non-district bout against Savoy as the contest was finally cancelled after several delays.

The Warriors will return to the gridiron on Friday, September 14, against Fairhill, in the annual Tailgate game. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the Warrior Athletic Complex. The Tailgate Party begins at 6:00 p.m.

The Middle School Football team kicks off its season at home on Thursday, September 13, against Dallas Lutheran. Game time is 5:00 p.m.
Special Thanks to Rudolph's Meat Market
A special thanks to the  Andreason family and  Rudolph's Meat Market and Sausage Factory for donating the meat for the home football games this season!

Get Your Warrior Pass!
Show your Warrior Spirit and get into all the home volleyball or football games. One pass is good for admission to all home games for the entire family. A Volleyball pass is $100 and a Football pass is $60. Contact  Michelle Crow  to purchase your pass. Passes will be on sale at both the Middle School game on September 13, and at Tailgate on September 14.

Get Your Warrior Spirit On!
The Spirit Shop is open for business, with great new styles and classic favorites so you can show your Warrior spirit! The Spirit Shop will be open on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 7:45-8:45 a.m. and Monday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons from 2:45-3:45 p.m. A pop-up Spirit Shop will be open at the Tailgate game.
What's Happening?

September 14
Parent Faculty Club (PFC) General Meeting, 8:15 a.m.
Join the Lakehill Parent Faculty Club (PFC) for their first general meeting of the year. Meet the officers and committee chairs, get to know other parents, and find out how you can get involved at Lakehill! Want to volunteer? Find out more and sign up .

September 14
Spirit Day, Pep Rally, Home Game, and Tailgate Party
Students and faculty are invited to wear their jeans every Friday of the school year with a Lakehill shirt to show their Warrior Spirit. 

Don't miss out on the first Pep Rally of the year on September 14, from 1:40 - 2:05 p.m. Then head to the Warrior Athletic Complex as the Varsity Warriors take on Fairhill. Enjoy the annual Tailgate Party at 6:00 p.m. before the game, with hot dogs provided by the PFC and other refreshments available at the concession stand, as we cheer the Warriors on to victory. Kick-off is set for 7:00 p.m. Go Warriors!

September 15
Upper School Coffee House
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
The Student Council Coffee House will be held at the IHOP on Abrams Road and Mockingbird Lane. Come out and support our talented students, their performances, and the arts! There is no admission, just pay for the food you order.

September 18
Middle School Pep Rally, 12:10 - 12:25 p.m.

September 19
School Holiday

September 20
North Texas Giving Day, 6:00 a.m. - midnight

September 21
Upper School Volunteer Fair, 10:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Learn more about volunteer opportunities in our community!
Seventh and eighth grade students are invited to attend at 11:30 a.m.

September 21
K-8 Visit with Author Josh Funk
Parents are invited to join in the fun when this award-winning author visits Lakehill!
The deadline to order books is Tuesday, September 18.

September 21
Kindergarten Visit from Fire Department

September 22
Lakehill Day at Hypnotic Emporium
5:00 - 10:30 p.m.
Enjoy a delicious ice cream or sweet treat, and a percentage of proceeds will be donated to Lakehill!

September 22-23
Upper School Science Club Fossil Dig

September 24
Neighborhood Activities Fair
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. 

September 29
End of Term I - Lower and Middle School

September 29
Early Release Day
Lower School students will be released at 11:30 a.m. Middle and Upper School students will be released at noon. After-care (for Lower and Middle School students) is available with a  reservation .
Upper School students should make plans to leave campus by noon.

September 29
Movie Night for K-4th Grade Students
5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the Senior Class
Proceeds benefit the Lakehill Holiday Luncheon for Senior Citizens
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